Help get people’s voice into shaping our social care – conference appeal to delegates

05 December 2012

The annual meeting of Wales’s charities and voluntary organisations will set the ball rolling in a campaign aimed at helping revolutionise the country’s social care services.

The annual meeting of Wales’s charities and voluntary organisations will set the ball rolling in a campaign aimed at helping revolutionise the country’s social care services.

The 2012 conference of Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) will see the launch of the I Matter, We Matter campaign, devised by eight national social care alliances as our third sector contribution  to the Welsh Government’s development of Sustainable Social Services.

The groups – WCVA, Age Alliance Wales, Cymorth Cymru, Wales Alliance for Citizen Directed Support, Wales Alliance for Mental Health, Wales Association of County Voluntary Councils, Wales Carers Alliance and Wales Disability Reference Group – are mobilising  to facilitate people who use services and across our communities having a more direct voice.

Taking place at Cardiff City Stadium on 29 November, and supported by Unity Trust Bank, the conference has a line-up of prominent speakers including Julia Slay, Senior Researcher and Social Policy Programme Co-ordinator with the renowned UK think tank New Economics Foundation, talking about People Power and Rick Wilson from Community Lives Consortium.

WCVA Chief Executive Graham Benfield OBE says co-production is essential as:  ‘a working partnership that recognises and draws on the resources of the individual and the community, as well as those of the service provider, where everyone has something to give and everyone benefits.

‘People matter, and when people work together they can achieve far more than if they work alone,’ he said.  ‘That’s why this year’s conference focuses on the theme of co-production – the sector designing and delivering services together with the people and communities that use them.

‘We believe the third sector can improve services for people in Wales by co-production: designing and delivering services together with the people who use them in their communities, and putting people at the centre.  This is the sector’s chance to help Wales take a new direction in service delivery.’

Mr Benfield said the responses to I Matter, We Matter will be the third sector’s invaluable contribution to Welsh Government: ‘by helping to put people at the centre.’

To book a place at the conference, visit www.wcva.org.uk, call 0800 288 329, or search Twitter using hashtag #IMatterWeMatter.
For more details on the I Matter, We Matter campaign, visit http://imatterwales.org.uk
For more information please contact Lynne Reynolds on 029 2043 1718 or Jackie Huybs on 07814 070239. WCVA website www.wcva.org.uk
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